Improvables - A Late Night Comedy Date Activity

I have been a fan of The Improvables for a long time now and have attended many of their shows, even before I met my husband. I’ve seen them perform in three different venues and have been extremely entertained at every show I’ve attended. If you’re looking for a new, family and budget friendly date night activity, you should definitely check out one of their shows! You’ll come away laughing, and you can’t go wrong with a date night that makes you laugh.

Where: Bountiful Davis Arts Center (90 N Main Street, Bountiful)
When: Fridays at 9:00pm (for ~90 minutes)
Cost: $6/adults, $5/students or members of the Bountiful Davis Arts Center

photo c/o Improvables

photo c/o Improvables

Confession: We had not been to an Improvables show since before we became parents, over four years ago. The venue that they were in previously, limited the time when they could start their shows each week and shows didn’t start until 10pm. As parents of two young kiddos, that was past our bedtime and we were generally too tired to last beyond the first game that they played, so a show never got added to our date night plans. Since they moved to the Bountiful Davis Arts Center at the beginning of the year, I have been planning to make a date of their show and laugh together late into the night.

I love that the Improvables put on family friendly shows and provide quality entertainment. They are a family of performers and I’ve seen the same performers on their stage for years, scattered among new and talented faces. Each of them have a fun and unique personality and bring their unique interests and quirks to the shows. If you’ve attended more than one of their shows, you know that they are filled with inside jokes and some of the topics they base their games on play off of funny moments from past shows or jokes that they have based on the players’ lives and interests.

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We had so much fun at on our recent date, and the laughter was just what we needed after a week of stressful house situations. We’re looking forward to attending more shows in the future and continuing to support The Improvables and local art.

Inexpensive Local Date Night Ideas

I shared these tips on Fox 13’s The Place today. I wanted to link to some of the date ideas mentioned in a place where people could find them after the show if they didn’t get a chance to write them down. Click here to watch the segment on Fox 13’s The Place.

One of the biggest reasons that couples note for not going out on dates together more often is their budget. We have young kids and understand how difficult it can be to find room in the budget to hire a babysitter and have money left to enjoy your time while you're out. Date night is a great way for couples to connect and make their relationship a priority throughout every stage of life so we hope to provide great ideas for date night that are less expensive and still just as fun.

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1. Grab appetizers or dessert instead of a full meal. A lot of restaurants have happy hour when appetizers and drinks are discounted. You can even make a meal of some things on the appetizer menu and share those for less than the cost of a full entree. Dessert only eateries are a great options as well. We love going to Last Course because the atmosphere is perfect for date night and they have options for everyone including gluten free and vegan desserts and ice cream flavors.

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2. Look for deals on local activities. Trampoline parks, bowling alleys and other activity centers often have deals for date night. You can also find deals on websites like Groupon or in local coupon mailers. One of our favorite activities is nerf dart wars at Dartside in Layton. They have an adult hour every Saturday night where only 18+ are allowed in the arena and couples can get in at a discounted price. It's a fun way to stay active and young and have fun together.

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3. Bring the escape room experience home. Escape rooms are a really popular activity right now, but they can be pricey. We discovered a local company, Lockbox Mysteries, whose crate rental is equivalent to one person's entry to a regular escape room. We love to get a group of two or three couples together and split the cost. The mysteries are really well thought out and we love to take on the challenge of solving them in an hour, but appreciate that by doing it at home, we can still continue on and solve the mystery, even if we don't hit our goal.

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4. Enjoy free outdoor adventures together. Hiking is a great date night activity and an awesome way to explore new areas around you. The Wild Rose Trail in North Salt Lake is an easier trail and perfect for hiking to watch the sunset during warmer months. We also love geocaching because it keeps us active and is a scavenger hunt that we can enjoy together. There are great apps you can download to help you find caches in your area.

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5. Catch a matinee or discount movie. For couples who love movie dates, going to matinees or taking advantage of discount days can dramatically decrease the cost of date night. We love to go to Cinemark theaters on Tuesday when tickets are just $5 all day. They also have recliners in all of their theaters so that's a bonus!

Whatever you choose to do for date night, I hope you find a way to make date night more of a priority in your relationship, regardless of what your budget looks like!

Take a Historical Tour of Davis County

There are a few different scavenger hunt/adventure apps and companies out there that put together and activity to help you explore a big city near you. After looking into a few of those, I realized that you could plan something similar of your own to explore the area that you live in. Below I’ve provided a list of historical stops and museums in Davis County. Pick an area or a few stops that interest you and make an afternoon of it. Learn all that you can about where we live. You’ll be more grateful for where we live!

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Where: Various Locations
Cost: Free

Historical Sites in Davis County

Bountiful Historic Museum - The Bountiful museum recently moved a new location on the corner of 300 N and Main Street. You can check it out on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons.

Whitaker Museum - This museum is a prominent part of Centerville Main Street. Not only can you take a tour and learn more about Centerville’s history, they host fun events throughout the year as well. Click here to find out more about each event.

Farmington Historic Museum - Farmington’s historical museum is located on Main Street and 100 N and is open for tours every Wednesday afternoon.

Farmington Historic Main Street Trail - You can take a self-guided historical tour down Farmington Main Street. You will see pioneer-era and other historic sites. Most of them are now private residences, so you will not be able to go inside, but you can still read about the history on the National Register as you go. Click here for more information and instructions on the tour.

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Layton City Heritage Museum - The museum was built in 1972 as a place to store cultural heritage items of Layton’s history. It is open daily and the hours hours can be found here .

Adams Cabin - If you are up for a long, difficult hike with lots of switch backs and a climb straight up the mountain, you can check out the cabin of Elias Adams, the settler of East Layton. You can find out more about this hike in this post from The Salt Project.

Fernwood Cabin - Another hike in Layton will take you to the Fernwood Cabin, which is currently available for public use. You can find out more details about the hike and the cabin in this post from The Salt Project.

Syracuse Museum and Cultural Center - This museum seems really cool! Displays highlight agriculture and dairy production. You will also find replicas of a general store and the town’s first fire truck. This definitely seems worth checking out! It’s open three days a week from 2pm-5pm. Click here for more details .

syracuse museum

Hill Aerospace Museum - At the heart of Davis County is Hill Airforce Base. This is an Air Force field museum filled with history and displays. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to keep the place running and help with upkeep. It’s a fun place to take kids or explore on your own.

Check out this site for a list of all of the sites in Davis County that are on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find houses, city buildings, and even a few rides at Lagoon on the list.

Historical sites in Davis County UT

Zootah - Family Friendly Zoo in Northern Utah

We spent a lot of time in Cache Valley this summer, mostly just the two of us, but one of our trips included our whole family. When we were looking for family friendly activities in the area, we found out that Logan has its own zoo, the Willow Park Zoo. One of the mornings of our family vacation, we invited my mom to join us and took the kids to the zoo. After experiencing The Hogle Zoo with a toddler, and spending time at this smaller scale zoo, I've decided that this one is worth a little day trip and a lot more fun for families with young kids.

Where: Willow Park Zoo aka Zootah (419 W 700 S, Logan)
Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2-11)

Willow Park Zoo

Zootah isn't a large zoo and doesn't have animals like elephants and giraffes, but there is still quite a bit to see and a lot of hands on experiences for kids. The petting zoo is open daily from 11-12 and 3-4. You can touch a snake or pet llamas and goats. Our toddlers were a little hesitant to get close to the animals, but we were able to get close to the animals with them in our arms. We showed them how kind the animals were and they still got the experience.

Petting Zoo in Northern Utah

When we were paying for admission, we were asked if we wanted to purchase duck food for $1. At that low cost, we decided to go for it, and that dollar was definitely the best spent money of the day. There are multiple places throughout the zoo where you can see ducks and swans. They'd come right up to the fence to get food from us and our kids loved throwing it to them. Feeding the birds took up a large portion of the time that we were at the zoo, but it was worth every minute and every penny spent.

Zootah - Logan Utah Zoo
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You might not get to see hippos and gorillas at The Willow Park Zoo, but there are a lot of great animals that younger kids will be excited to see. Our youngest loved any bird she got to see and we were especially impressed with the Bald Eagle exhibit. There are a few different types of monkey, a variety of reptiles and some unique mammals, some that I don't think I've seen at bigger zoos in the past.

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I loved the animal paw prints painted on the path around the zoo. It was well laid out and easy to make a circle around the park and not worry if you missed seeing any of the animals. The petting zoo and other activities were well advertised and there were signs pointing the way. Our oldest was especially excited by the farm equipment he spotted outside the north side of the zoo.

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While we were over by the petting zoo at the start of our visit, my toddler spotted a playground on the other side of the fence and for the rest of our time at the zoo, insisted that he needed to swing. It was getting close to lunch and naps when we got done walking through the park, but we decided to spend some time over at the playground. It was the perfect end to our morning, even if both kids almost fell asleep from the lull of the swing.

Utah playgrounds

We will be making Zootah a family tradition, especially while our kids are young. It's budget friendly and a great place for toddlers to run and use up their energy. The park portion of Willow Park just outside the zoo is shaded by trees and perfect for a picnic and extra play time after you're finished seeing the animals. Don't forget to "splurge" on the duck food, you won't regret it.

Davis County Movies in the Park - Summer Date Night Idea

Movies in the park are one of my favorite things about summer. I love bringing treats and settling down on blankets in the park to enjoy a movie with all of my friends and family. I used to go to movie in the park every week before we got married. It's harder to do now that we have kids, and even harder to justify paying a babysitter to stay with them while they're sleeping at home and we're out on a free date. I can't wait for the days when our kids are older and we can keep them up late for movies in the park without the consequences that we'd have doing that now when they are toddlers. Until then, I'm hoping we can catch one or two of these this summer and plan on enjoying outdoor movies in our own backyard.

Outdoor Movies Davis County

Davis County Movies in the Park Locations

North Salt Lake Movies in the Park

Hyde Park - Each summer the Youth Council plans an outdoor movie. This year's movie hasn't been announced yet, but keep an eye on North Salt Lake's FB Page for details on the event once it has been planned.

Woods Cross City Concerts & Movies in the Park

Woods Cross combines their monthly outdoor movies with a concert each week. The events take place at Hogan Park (720 W 1500 S, Woods Cross) on Monday evenings.

Monday, June 11 - Wonder
Monday, July 9 - Peter Rabbit
Monday, August 6 - Zootopia

Centerville City Movies in the Park

I have a particular fondness for Centerville's movies in the park because they're the ones that I enjoyed so much the summers before I got married. When we went to them, they were on Thursday nights. They are currently hosted on Friday nights at Smith Park (300 N 100 E, Centerville).

Friday, June 8 - Sing
Friday, June 15 - The Greatest Showman
Friday, June 22 - Ferdinand
Friday, July 13 - Coco
Friday, July 20 - The Last Jedi
Friday, August 3 - Black Panther
Friday, August 10 - Trek (with director/producer Alan Peterson)

Farmington Festival Days Outdoor Movie Night

This year's movie will be held on Monday, July 9th at Forbush Park (100 Main St, Farmington). They will be showing the movie, Hook with Robin Williams.

Kaysville Summer Nights Live

These evenings include food trucks from Kaysville's Food Truck Roundup, extended splash pad hours, open mic nights and movies in the park starting at dusk. Summer Nights Live are held at Heritage Park (250 N Fairfield Road, Kaysville)

Saturday, June 16 - Coco
Saturday, July 14 - Moana
Saturday, August 18 - Beauty and the Beast

Free Friday Family Film Series from the Davis Arts Council

A popular series held at the Kenley Centennial Ampitheater located in the center of Layton City park (403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton).

Friday, June 22 - Back to the Future
Friday, June 29 - The Little Mermaid
Friday, July 6 - Ghostbusters
Friday, July 13 - The Princess Bride
Friday, July 20 - The Sandlot
Friday, July 27 - Cool Runnings
Friday, August 3 - Space Jam
Friday, August 10 - The Lion King
Friday, August 17 - Enchanted
Friday, August 24 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Friday, August 31 - National Treasure

Movies in the Park - Davis County

Which movie will you see first?